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Themes in The Devils Arithmetic

Sacrifice plays a very big part in the devils arithmetic. For instence, when Hannah got to the camp she had to give up the blue ribbon in her hair. Also she had to sacrafice herself to save the little kid who didn't get in the thing in time.

Tone and mood in Devils Arithmetic

In the beginning of the book Hannah was being a little selfish brat and was only thinking about herself. But twards the middle of the book Hannah has come to appreciate how much she took for granted. Then twards the end of the book Hannah's mood is sad and longing for her own life back.

Metphors in "Song of the wandering Angus"

1. Because a fire was in my head
2. white moths were on the flickering wing
3. little silver trout
4. fire-a-flame
5. silver apples of the moon
6. golden apples of the sun


Author's Atitude twards the subject of a work


Repetition of the initial constant sounds of words


Hint of what is to come in a literary work


A movement in the mid 19 century america that coincided with the American romantic period


An implied comparison between dissimiar objects: "His hitting was on fire"


A direct comparison of dissimilar objects using like or as: "I wandeder, drifting like a cloud"


A device that incorporates multiple uses of a sound, letter, word, phrase, or the other literary or grammatical element for emphasis

First person point of view

When the narrator of a story is also a character in the story

Second reson point of view

When the narrator of a work addresses the reader directly with the use of the personal pronoun "you"

Third person point of view

A point of view in which the narrator does not interact with the story but is, rather, an observer in the action.

Third person omniscient

The narrator of the story is all knowing, and can recound actions of character(s)

Third person limited

When the narrator of a story is outside the story and tells the story from a vantage point of one character at a time.


A conventional symbol is a representation whose meaning is gererally universal and spans all literature. A contextual symbol is a representation whose meaning depends on the specific story in which it is being featured.


The main idea of a literary work; the thesis

Dynamic character

A character who changes within a story as a result of the events in the plot and the actions of other characters.

Dramatic irony

Failure of a character to see or understand what is revealed to the audience.

Situational irony

The difference between what the audience or reader expects to happen and what actually happens.

Verbal irony

Saying the opposite of what is meant or what is expected.


the placement or contrasting ideas side by side.

Stream of conconsciousness

The unedited recording of a character's thoughts, which may resemble random, abstract thinking or free association.


The atmosphere felt in a work either ny the characters or by the reader.

Progression of Hannh/Chaya in the Devils Arithmetic

Throughout T.D.A. Hannah changes much as a character.In the beginning she is selfish and only cares about herself. In the house with gilt and Yitzchak hannah becomes more aware of things and less selfish of things. Then in the concentration camp, hannah is trying to help others and is making sacafices so other people are helped. But saddly this ends up killing her. So hannah in this book changes frequently due to the change of the book and the change of setting.

How does the setting effect the plot in T.D.A

The setting of the book changes frequently and due to this it makes the scenes be more life-like. Also they seem to be in the wong place at the wrong time because as soon as hannah gets there germans come and takes them to a constration camp. Also, its ironic that hannah goes back in time to the holocaust when there talking about it at the seder dinner.

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